A Fond Kiss (2004)
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Critic Reviews for A Fond Kiss
A small movie, told in a familiar way, and it fails to draw the big picture it could. But it does provide one unusual, and very striking sketch of two lives in crisis, and one community in transition.
English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side.
Although Loach takes pains to present all sides of the issues he raises, he courageously faces up to the truth about people's lives, which is his abiding strength.
The filmmaker's scope expands to take in Casim's parents and two sisters, whose public shame and private despair at having the only son move in with a 'goree' -- a white girl -- is made palpably, wrenchingly real.
Even at its most rigged, there's always just enough to admire in the Loach model.
Audience Reviews for A Fond Kiss
A modern Romeo and Juliet story directed by Ken Loach. It may be a little soapy sometimes but it is always honest, told with simplicity and raising some solid questions about religious and cultural intolerance.
They speak English in Scotland, but you need subtitles to understand them. I really enjoyed this movie. It explores many aspects of cross-cultural relationships with honesty and without oversimplifying it. Although the main plot deals with a romantic relationship between a non-practicing Catholic and a Muslim, other subplots like the parents-daughter are equally interesting. Well done.
Ae fond kiss was more than a love story, it really spoke the difficulties from those of different backgrounds and religion when they fell in love. Family, society,careers, were deciding their lives. I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end.It had just the right amounts of humor and romance and drama to make it more enjoyable.Ken Loach showed the subjects of religion, race, and cultural differences in a very sensitive way. The actors had wonderful chemistry, which made the story believable and likable.It was very well acted, and I highly recommended this movie.
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